- Glenn Ford
name = Glenn Ford
caption = Glenn Ford in 1979.
birthname = Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford
birthdate = birth date|1916|5|1|mf=y
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada[ [http://www.classichollywoodbios.com/glennford.htm Glenn Ford ] ]
August 30, 2006(aged Age at date|1916|5|1|2006|8|30)
deathplace = Beverly Hills,
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
yearsactive = 1930s-1990s
Eleanor Powell(1943-1959) Kathryn Hays(1966-1969) Cynthia Hayward (1974-1977) Jeanne Baus (1993-1994)
website = http://www.glennfordonline.com
goldenglobeawards = Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical/Comedy 1962 "
Pocketful of Miracles"
Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" Ford (
May 1, 1916– August 30, 2006) was a Canadian-born American actorfrom Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. Ford was a versatile actor best known for playing either cowboys or ordinary men in unusual circumstances.
Early life and career
He was born at Jeffrey Hale Hospital in
Quebec City, Quebec, [This information provided directly to editor by Peter Ford by way of e-mail correction received April 5, 2007.] to Anglo-Quebecerparents Hannah and Newton Ford, who was a railroad executive. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/60/Glenn-Ford.html Glenn Ford Biography (1916-) ] ] He was a great-nephew of Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. [cite web |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/31/movies/31ford.html?_r=1&ref=movies&oref=slogin |title=Glenn Ford, Leading Man in Films and TV, Dies at 90 |publisher=" New York Times" |date= August 31, 2006] Ford moved to Santa Monica, Californiawith his family at the age of eight, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939.
After Ford graduated from Santa Monica High School, he began working in small theatre groups. Ford later commented that his railroad executive father had no objection to his growing interest in acting, but told him, "Its all right for you to try to act, if you learn something else first. Be able to take a car apart and put it together. Be able to build a house, every bit of it. Then you'll always have something."Richard Severo, "Glenn Ford, Actor 1916-2006", "
The Globe and Mail", September 1, 2006, p.S10] Ford heeded the advice and during the 1950s, when he was one of Hollywood's most popular actors, he regularly worked on plumbing, wiring and air conditioning at home. At times, he worked as a roofer and installer of plate-glass windows.
He acted in West Coast stage companies, before joining
Columbia Picturesin 1939. His stage name came from his father's hometown of Glenford, Canada. [cite web |url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,211422,00.html |title='Blackboard Jungle' Actor Glenn Ford Dies at 90 |publisher=Fox News |date= August 31, 2006] His first major movie part was in the 1939 film "Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence".
In 1942, Ford's film career was interrupted when he volunteered for duty in
World War IIwith the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on 13 December as a photographic specialist at the rank of Sergeant. He was assigned in March 1943 to active duty at the Marine Corps Base in San Diego. He was sent to Marine Corps Schools Detachment (Photographic Section) in Quantico, Virginia, that June, with orders as a motion-picture production technician. Sergeant Ford returned to the San Diego base in February 1944 and was assigned next to the radio section of the Public Relations Office, Headquarters Company, Base Headquarters Battalion. There he staged and broadcast the radio program "Halls of Montezuma". Glenn Ford was honorably discharged from the Marines on 7 December 1944.
In 1958, he joined the
U.S. Naval Reserveand was commissioned as a lieutenant commander with a 1655 designator (public affairs officer). During his annual training tours, he promoted the Navy through radio and television broadcasts, personal appearances, and documentary films. He was promoted to commander in 1963 and captain in 1968.
Ford went to Vietnam in 1967 for a month's tour of duty as a location scout for combat scenes in a training film entitled "Global Marine". He traveled with a combat camera crew from the demilitarized zone south to the Mekong Delta. For his service in Vietnam, the Navy awarded him a
Navy Commendation Medal. His World War II decorations are as follows: American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Rifle Marksman Badge, and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Medal. He retired from the Naval Reserve in the 1970s at the rank of captain.cite book|author=James E. Wise and Anne Collier Rehill
title=Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America's Sea Services
publisher=Naval Institute Press |year=1997
Following military service, Ford's breakthrough role was in 1946, starring alongside
Rita Hayworthin " Gilda". He went on to be a leading man opposite her in a total of five films. While the movie is mostly remembered as the vehicle for Hayworth's "provocative rendition of a song called "Put the Blame on Mame", The New York Times movie reviewer Bosley Crowther praised Ford's "stamina and poise in a thankless role" despite the movie's poor direction.
Ford's career flourished in the 1950s and into the 1960s, and continued into the early 1990s, with an increasing number of television roles. His major roles in thrillers,
dramas and action films include " A Stolen Life" with Bette Davis, " The Secret of Convict Lake" with Gene Tierney, " The Big Heat", "Framed", " Blackboard Jungle", " Interrupted Melody" with Eleanor Parker, " Experiment in Terror" with Lee Remick, "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse", " Ransom!", "Superman" and westerns such as " The Fastest Gun Alive", "" and "Cimarron". Ford's versatility also allowed him to star in a number of popular comedies, including "The Teahouse of the August Moon", "Don't Go Near the Water", "The Gazebo", "Cry For Happy", and "The Courtship of Eddie's Father".
In 1971, Ford signed with
CBSto star in his first television series, a half hour comedy/drama titled "The Glenn Ford Show". However, CBS head Fred Silvermannoticed that many of the featured films being shown at a Glenn Ford film festival were westerns. He suggested doing a western series instead, which resulted in the "modern day western" series, " Cade's County". Ford played southwestern Sheriff Cade for one season (1971-1972) in a mix of western drama and police mystery. In " The Family Holvak" (1975-1976), Ford portrayed a depression era preacher in a family drama, reprising the same character he had played in the TV film "The Greatest Gift". Julie Harrisco-starred as his wife and Lance Kerwin as his son.
In 1978, Ford had a supporting role in "Superman", as
Clark Kent's adopted father, Jonathan Kent, a role that introduced Ford to a new generation of film audiences. Ford's final scene in the film begins with a direct reference to "Blackboard Jungle" - the earlier film's theme song " Rock Around the Clock" is heard on a car radio.
In 1991, Ford agreed to star in a cable network series, "
African Skies". However, prior to the start of the series, he developed blood clots in his legs which required a lengthy stay in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Eventually he recovered, but at one time his situation was so severe that he was listed in critical condition. Ford was forced to drop out of the series and was replaced by Robert Mitchum.
In the 2006 movie "
Superman Returns", there is a scene where Ma Kent (played by Eva Marie Saint) stands next to the living room mantel after Superman returns from his quest to find remnants of Krypton. On that mantel is a picture of Pa Kent (as played by Glenn Ford). This "cameo" of sorts was Ford's last screen appearance (the photograph is more easily visible in a deleted scene included with the DVD release of the film).
Ford's first wife was actress and dancer
Eleanor Powell(1943-1959), with whom he had his only child, Peter (born 1945). The couple appeared together on screen once, in a short subject produced in the 1950s entitled "The Faith of Our Children". Ford subsequently married actress Kathryn Hays(1966-1969); Cynthia Hayward (1977-1984) and Jeanne Baus (1993-1994). All four marriages ended in divorce. Ford was not on good terms with his ex-wives. He also had a long-term relationship with actress Hope Lange,Fact|date=October 2007 although they never married.
In 1978, Ford underwent
hypnosisat his home in Beverly Hills, and recalled a past life of being a Colorado cowboynamed Charlie Bill.Fact|date=July 2007 He gave a detailed description of a past life, which was tape-recorded for academics at the University of Californiato study. A second experiment was conductedFact|date=July 2007 at the university itself when Ford, then 61, responded well to the hypnosis. This time he did not recall the life of Charlie Bill, but that of a Scottish piano teacher named Charles Stuart. "I teach the piano to young flibbertigibbets", said Ford under the hypnosis, using a quaint old English word for rascals not in common use in California. He allegedly played a few notes on piano during the experiment, despite later telling that he never had been taught to play the instrument. The researchers then managed to locate the grave of a Charles Stuart in Elgin, Scotland, who died in 1840. After being shown a photo of the burial place, Ford said "That shook me up real bad. I felt immediately that it was the place I was buried."
For the first half of his life, Glenn Ford supported the US Democratic Party - in the 1950s he supported
Adlai Stevensonfor President - and in later years became a supporter of the Republican Party, campaigning for his friend Ronald Reaganin the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections.
Ford offered to buy the
National Hockey League's Atlanta Flamesfor $8 million in 1980 in order to keep the team in Atlanta, but was outbid by Canadian Nelson Skalbania, who moved the team to Calgary, Alberta, where they became the Calgary Flames.
Ford's son Peter also became an actor (as well as a singer and radio host), before giving up on his acting career around 1975; he later became a successful business contractor. Ford was reportedly furious when he learned that Peter had briefly taken control of his estate in 1992, when he was seriously ill and had gone into a coma while in the hospital. Ford became estranged from his son and stated that he would leave his estate to Pauli Kiernan, his 39-year-old nurse and companion. While Peter contended Ms. Kiernan was manipulating his father, the elder Ford said, "What Peter has done to me is cruel and wicked. He just wants my money. I want my nurse Pauli to get the money. I know who's been good and kind to me in these last years of my life." Several years later, however, Glenn Ford reconciled with his son Peter, who subsequently moved into Ford's Beverly Hills mansion along with the latter's wife Lynda and their three children. They maintained a close relationship; Peter is currently writing a biography about his father.
Ford suffered a series of minor
strokes which left him in frail health in the years leading up to his death. He died in his Beverly Hills home on August 30, 2006at the age of 90. [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/31/movies/31ford.html?hp&ex=1157083200&en=f05fb361d8f1f32e&ei=5094&partner=homepage]
After being nominated in 1957 and 1958, in 1962 Glenn Ford won a as Best Actor for his performance in
Frank Capra's " Pocketful of Miracles". He was listed in Quigley's Annual List of Top Ten Boxoffice Champions in 1956, 1958 and 1959, topping the list at number one in 1958. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Glenn Ford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fameat 6933 Hollywood Blvd. In 1978, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fameat the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museumin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 1987 he received the Donostia Awardin the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and in 1992 he was awarded the " Légion d'honneur" medal for his actions in the Second World War.
Ford was scheduled to make his first public appearance in fifteen years at a 90th birthday tribute gala in his honor [ [http://www.glennfordsalute.com/ Glenn Ford Salute ] ] hosted by the American Cinematheque at
Grauman's Egyptian Theatrein Hollywood on May 1, 2006, but at the last minute, he had to bow out. Anticipating that his health might prevent his attendance, Ford had the previous week recorded a special filmed message for the audience, which was screened after a series of in-person tributes from friends including Martin Landau, Shirley Jones, Jamie Farr, and Debbie Reynolds. [ [http://www.armyarcherd.com/2006/05/i_visit_glenn_f.html Army Archerd: I visit Glenn Ford on his 90th ] ]
October 4, 2008, Peter Ford will hold a live auctionon the Internetto sell some of his father's possessions, including Ford’s lacquered cowboy boots (opening bid $2,500), Ford’s jacket and cap from "The White Tower" ($400), his wool trench coatfrom "Young Man with Ideas" ($300), and his United States Naval Reserveuniform cap ($250). The auction will also offer the sofa where Ford claimed to have had a romantic "encounter" with Marilyn Monroe($1,750). ["Glenn Ford's Son Auctioning Father's Memorabilia", "Newsmax.com", September 15, 2008:http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/glenn_ford/2008/09/15/131040.html]
Superman Returns" (Picture only) as Jonathan Kent
Final Verdict" (1991) (TV) as Rev. Rogers
*" Raw Nerve" (1991) as Captain Gavin
Border Shootout" (1990) as Sheriff John Danaher
Casablanca Express" (1989) as Major Gen. Williams
Law at Randado" (1989) (TV)
*"My Town" (1986) (TV) as Lucas Wheeler
Happy Birthday to Me" (1981) as Dr. David Faraday
Fukkatsu no hi" (a.k.a. "Virus") (1980) as President Richardson
Superman II" (opening title flashback - uncredited) as Jonathan Kent
Day of the Assassin" (1979) as Christakis
*"The Gift" (1979) (TV) as Billy Devlin
Beggarman, Thief" (1979) (TV) as David Donnelly
The Sacketts" (1979) (TV) as Tom Sunday
*"The Visitor" (1979) as Det. Jake Durham
*"Superman" (1978) as Jonathan Kent
Evening in Byzantium" (1978) (TV) as Jesse Craig
The 3,000 Mile Chase" (1977) (TV) as Paul Dvorak/Leonard Staveck
*"Midway" (1976) as RAdm. Raymond A. Spruance
Punch and Jody" (1974) (TV) as Peter 'Punch' Travers
The Greatest Gift" (1974) (TV) as Rev. Holvak
The Disappearance of Flight 412" (1974) (TV) as Colonel Pete Moore
*"Santee" (1973) as Santee
*"Jarrett" (1973) (TV) as Sam Jarrett
Cade's County" (1971) (TV) as Sam Cade
The Brotherhood of the Bell" (1970) (TV) as Prof. Andrew Patterson
Heaven with a Gun" (1969) as Jim Killian/Pastor Jim
Smith!' (1969) as Smith
Day of the Evil Gun" (1968) as Lorne Warfield
The Last Challenge" (1967) as Marshal Dan Blaine
A Time for Killing" (1967) as Maj. Tom Wolcott
*"Rage" (1966) as Doc Reuben
Is Paris Burning?" (1966) as Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley
The Money Trap" (1965) as Joe Baron
*"The Rounders" (1965) as Ben Jones
Dear Heart" (1964) as Harry Mork
Fate Is the Hunter" (1964) as Sam C. McBane
Advance to the Rear" (1964) as Capt. Jared Heath
Love Is a Ball" (1963) as John Lathrop Davis
*"The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (1963) as Tom Corbett
Experiment in Terror" (1962) as John 'Rip' Ripley
*"Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1962) as Julio Desnoyers
Pocketful of Miracles" (1961) as Dave 'the Dude' Conway
Cry for Happy" (1961) as CPO Andy Cyphers
*"Cimarron" (1960) as Yancey 'Cimarron' Cravat
The Gazebo" (1959) as Elliott Nash
It Started with a Kiss" (1959) as Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick
Torpedo Run" (1958) as Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle
Imitation General" (1958) as MSgt. Murphy Savage
The Sheepman" (1958) as Jason Sweet
*"Cowboy" (1958) as Tom Reese
*"Don't Go Near the Water" (1957) as Lt. J.G. Max Siegel
*"" (1957) as Ben Wade
*"The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956) as Capt. Fisby
The Fastest Gun Alive" (1956) as George Temple/George Kelby, Jr.
*"Jubal" (1956) as Jubal Troop
Ransom!" (1956) as David G. 'Dave' Stannard
*"Trial" (1955) as David Blake
Interrupted Melody" (1955) as Dr. Thomas 'Tom' King
Blackboard Jungle" (1955) as Richard Dadier
The Violent Men" (1955) as John Parrish
The Americano" (1955) as Sam Dent
Human Desire" (1954) as Jeff Warren
City Story" (1954) as Narrator
Appointment in Honduras" (1953) as Steve Corbett
The Big Heat" (1953) as Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion
Plunder of the Sun" (1953) as Al Colby
The Man from the Alamo" (1953) as John Stroud
*"Time Bomb" aka "
Terror on a Train" (1953) as Maj. Peter Lyncort
Affair in Trinidad" (1952) as Steve Emery
Young Man with Ideas" (1952) as Maxwell Webster
The Green Glove" (1952) as Michael 'Mike' Blake
The Secret of Convict Lake" (1951) as Jim Canfield
Follow the Sun" (1951) as Ben Hogan
The Redhead and the Cowboy" (1951) as Gil Kyle
The Flying Missile" (1950) as Cmdr. William A. Talbot
*"Convicted" (1950) as Joe Hufford
*"The White Tower" (1950) as Martin Ordway
The Doctor and the Girl" (1949) as Dr. Michael Corday
Mr. Soft Touch" (1949) as Joe Miracle
Lust for Gold" (1949) as Jacob 'Dutch' Walz
The Undercover Man" (1949) as Frank Warren
The Return of October" (1948) as Prof. Bentley Bassett Jr.
The Loves of Carmen" (1948) as Don José Lizarabengoa
The Man from Colorado" (1948) as Col. Owen Devereaux
The Mating of Millie" (1948) as Doug Andrews
*"Framed" (1947) as Mike Lambert
Gallant Journey" (1946) as John Joseph Montgomery
A Stolen Life" (1946) as Bill Emerson
Gilda" (1946) as Johnny Farrell/Narrator
*"Destroyer" (1943) as Mickey Donohue
The Desperadoes" (1943) as Cheyenne Rogers
*"Flight Lieutenant" (1942) as Danny Doyle
The Adventures of Martin Eden" (1942) as Martin Eden
Go West, Young Lady" (1941) as Sheriff Tex Miller
*"Texas" (1941) as Tod Ramsey
So Ends Our Night" (1941) as Ludwig Kern
Blondie Plays Cupid" (1940) as Charlie
The Lady in Question" (1940) as Pierre Morestan
Babies for Sale" (1940) as Steve Burton aka Oscar Hanson
Men Without Souls" (1940) as Johnny Adams
Convicted Woman" (1940) as Jim Brent (reporter)
My Son Is Guilty" (1939) as Barney
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence" (1939) as Joe
Night in Manhattan" (1937) on-camera host
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* [http://www.glennfordsalute.com/ Official family-sanctioned website for fans to send condolences]
* [http://www.glennfordbio.com/ Official family-run website about upcoming biography]
* [http://www.glennford.com/ Glenn Ford Online]
* [http://www.northernstars.ca/actorsdef/fordbio.html Glenn Ford biography at Northern Stars]
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* [http://www.glennford.com/penquill.html Interview on Official Glenn Ford Website]
NAME= Ford, Gwyllyn Samuel Newton
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Ford, Glenn
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Actor, retired military officer
DATE OF BIRTH=
1 May 1916
PLACE OF BIRTH=
DATE OF DEATH=
30 August 2006
PLACE OF DEATH=
Beverly Hills, California
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